THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE BIZARRE

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THE GOOD

With the de­par­ture of DeMar DeRozan, and the seem­ing rent-aplayer sit­u­a­tion that is Kawhi Leonard, the Toronto Rap­tors could use some pos­i­tive PR head­ing into the new sea­son. And they got it in the most in­no­cent of fash­ion when Rap­tors guard Fred VanVleet dropped in unan­nounced at a pickup bas­ket­ball game near Bayview and York Mills last month. In­sta­gram videos taken by some of the play­ers on hand have been viewed thou­sands of times, and the in­ci­dent pro­vided just the right amount of com­mu­nity hype the team needed.

THE BAD

Doug Ford cer­tainly seems to be dis­play­ing what some crit­ics might call back­wards think­ing. Over the course of a few short days last month, a email sur­faced with in­struc­tion that the words “cli­mate change” were to be banned from use on so­cial me­dia,which was quickly de­nied. Then, he mused about set­ting up a so-called “snitch line” to tar­get teach­ers who dared teach chil­dren an up­dated sex­ual ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum. What’s next? Turn back the clock and em­brace McCarthy­ism? Start lock­ing peo­ple up who speak out against $1 beer? Sad.

THE BIZARRE

Move over West­world, HBO’s fu­tur­is­tic hosts have noth­ing on the new doll brothel set to open in Toronto this month. Aura Dolls, lo­cated at 4623 Yonge St., will be­gin op­er­a­tion as of Sept. 8. The busi­ness is tak­ing sex work to an en­tirely dif­fer­ent level and, if the web­site is to be­lieved, will fea­ture a va­ri­ety of life­like and “thor­oughly san­i­tized” fe­male dolls made from TPE sil­i­cone.

Rap­tors guard and new PR guru Fred VanVleet

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